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We Have Been Spared the Horror of a Herschel Walker Senate Term

Warnock wins!

Raphael Warnock smiles and claps while standing in front of a group of supporters holding campaign signs.

The Senate race between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and perpetual humiliation Herschel Walker has been distressingly close. Neither man got 50% of the total vote in the November midterm election, so Georgia election rules sent them to a special runoff on Tuesday. Warnock had a solid lead over Walker early in the night, as Georgia doesn’t require election officials to wait until polls close to start counting early votes, the vast majority of which skewed Democrat. As the night went on and results rolled in, the margin steadily closed until the two just spent hours flipping back and forth within about half a percentage point of each other.

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At the end of the night, though, Democratic voters turned out and outvoted the systematic disenfranchisement put in place by state Republicans. Multiple outlets have officially called the race for Warnock, who will be headed back for a second Senate term.

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This is extraordinarily good news for the people of Georgia and also the entire country. Not only does this mean we get another term from a passionate, caring, and effective Senator—and a 51st seat for Senate Democrats—but we also get to all collectively forget about the existence of Herschel Walker moving forward.

Truly a great night for all of us.

(image: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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